|South Bank - Walk The Embankment|
We love to walk the Embankment; it's beside the river, the main part is
between the London Eye and Tower Bridge - about 5 miles. There is so much to see.|
We usually start at the Tower Of London and Tower Bridge, and finish at the London Eye.
Allow several hours and a lot of photographs.
Apart from the gorgeous views across the river, and the plenty of people around you to watch, the walk goes past these :
| We get out at Tower Hill tube, and start with a walk around the
Tower Of London. This of course is a world famous building, and worthy of
a few photographs.
For more information and entry prices, the official website is here.
|St Katherine's Docks are the other side of the road, between Tower
Of London and Tower Bridge. There's some nice but pricey restaurants
and bars here, but also it's a lovely place to walk around.
They have created their own website with more info here.
|Then we walk over
Tower Bridge. This is a wonderful world famous monument. It's free
and easy to walk over the bridge (it's a public road). The high walkways
across the top cost £7, which is a cheaper alternative than the
The high-level walkways were part of the original design, to allow people to cross the river while the bridge was open.
HMS Belfast is next. She's been moored here since 1971; she was built
just before WWII and has a proud history.
The official website is here, but they don't give you much historical information, so a more complete website is wikipedia.
She's worthy of a visit.
|Hays Galleria is a really nice place to walk round, and shop. Most of the shops are small independant traders. They cater to tourists well.|
And the London Dungeon. Well, we haven't been inside, and it probably
caters well to folks who like Disney stuff. The official website is
and it looks scary ...
A good, balanced, description is on wikipedia. It's operated by Merlin Entertainments that also does the London Eye but at least this one has live actors to scare you ... and the history is real.
|Clink Prison Museum.
This museum is privately owned, so is not free. Entrance is £5, or £12 per family (2+2). It's not a large place, allow 20 mins or so, but it looks well presented.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
This is a modern-day replica of The Globe Theatre, which existed between 1599-1642. There's a good wikipedia article about the original, and this. If you're walking past anyway, then it's a good idea to step into the foyer and have a look around.
If you want to watch a Shakespeare play of course, then this is the place to come. Details of whats on are on their website.
|Wonderful Views across the river, all the time, here is St Paul's Cathedral.|
|It's a lovely walk, even if don't stop at any of the attractions.|
|At low tide, there's a sandy beach to play on.
This guy is often here. Today he has sculpted an armchair and a sofa, which he's now sitting on.
|You walk past the National Theatre.|
|And Waterloo Bridge.|
|Underneath Waterloo Bridge, there's a permanent second-hand book sale,
South Bank Book Market.
It's open daily, so stop to browse.
|An area has been set aside for kids on skateboards and bikes.|
|Then it's the Royal Festival Hall.|
|Between London Bridge and the London Eye, there is childrens entertainment.|
|And finally you reach the
London Eye. This is London's most popular paid tourist attraction,
but it's pricey ...
It's 135 metres high, and provides wonderful views over London during the day.
This is next door to the London Aquarium; opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
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